WEST Project

Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST) and Stanford University Libraries

The Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST) is a distributed, retrospective print journal repository program. Under the WEST program, participating libraries consolidate and validate print journal backfiles at major library storage facilities and at selected campus locations. Print journal titles are fit into one of three WEST Categories: Gold, Silver, and Bronze. The categories represent the level of archiving effort agreed upon by WEST participants.

Stanford is a WEST Archive Builder/Holder. Stanford has committed to maintain and participate in the WEST repository program through December 31, 2035.                 

Stanford holds journal titles in all three WEST categories.  Gold and Silver titles are held at SAL3 and can only be paged to Green Library.  Bronze level titles are held at SAL3 and at campus branches. 

WEST institution symbols for Stanford:

STFSP: Stanford Libraries Shared Print in Place (Campus). Used for WEST Bronze archives

SL3SP: Stanford SAL3 Shared Print in Storage (SAL3). Used for WEST Bronze, Silver, and Gold archives

Stanford access guidelines for WEST materials

All Gold and Silver WEST materials are Library Use Only.  Materials identified as part of the WEST project may not leave the library for any reason. 

All Bronze WEST materials allow for circulation for the Stanford community, but Library Use Only if loaned through ILL (Interlibrary Loan).

Questions?  Contact Soobum Kim.

How to identify WEST titles in Symphony WorkFlows

Use the Item Search and Display wizard to identify WEST materials.  WEST item records have the following characteristics:

Type: NH-INHOUSE

Item cat1: WESTSIL#, WESTGOL#

Type: STKS-PERI (default code for branches)

Item cat1: WESTBRO# 

# indicates WEST Archive Cycle year 

About the Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST)

The Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST) is a distributed retrospective print journal repository program serving research libraries, college and university libraries, and library consortia in the Western Region of the United States. Under the WEST program, participating libraries consolidate and validate print journal backfiles at major library storage facilities and at selected campus locations. The resulting shared print archives ensure access to the scholarly print record and allow member institutions to optimize campus library space.

Goals for WEST:

  • Preserve the scholarly print record (for journals in the initial phase)
  • Provide access, when needed, to the scholarly print record
  • Facilitate space reclamation in WEST library and storage facilities

By supporting and relying on the shared WEST print archive, WEST member institutions may optimize campus library space by choosing to retain, donate, or deselect print materials in accordance with local needs.

List of WEST members.

WEST title categories and archive types

Title category

Archive type

Validation level

Print risk level

Print and electronic full text with digital preservation (Portico, CLOCKSS)

Bronze

None

Low

Print and electronic full text, no digital preservation

Bronze

None

Low

Print with selected full-text access through aggregator databases

Silver

Volume

Moderate

Print with electronic abstracting and indexing

Gold

Issue

High

Print only, no electronic access points

Gold

Issue

High

JSTOR access archive (Arts & Sciences 3+)

Bronze

None

Low/moderate

  
 
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Last Modified: August 11, 2016